Wheat Pudding

Wheat Pudding - All that's Jas

Wheat Pudding

I was made fun of for meeting everyone I wanted to see at the same place. This was during my last trip home when I was reconnecting with old friends and family. The said meeting place of my choice was the Palace Hotel downtown. Why in a hotel? The café on hotel’s first floor is famous for their cakes and pastries. Of course, I frequently posted photos on my Facebook page of all the goodies I had there. They could put me on their payroll, that’s how often I was there during my two-week visit.

“But you didn’t have the wheat pudding!?” said my aunt in disbelief. How could I miss the famous wheat pudding?

Wheat Pudding - All that's Jas

Although this wheat pudding is a traditional dessert served especially at slava – family’s patron saint’s day festivities (Orthodox Christian tradition), Christmas, and lent, I have never had it before.

To fix this mistake I’ve been making the wheat pudding (also called žito and koljivo) ever since I came back from Bosnia in September. I made it so often, I think I made up for all the pudding I haven’t had in the past. There are variations to the recipe, but they all basically consist of cooked wheat berries, walnuts, sugar and spices. Honey, maple syrup, orange peel, other nuts, dried fruits or even rum can be added. It is served with a generous amount of whipped cream, except during the lent.

A simple, healthy dessert made with wheat berries and walnuts #wheat #pudding #dessert #Christmas Click To Tweet

Ingredients:
Serves 2-3

½ cup whole Wheat Berries
3 cups Water
A pinch of Salt
1 cup chopped Walnuts
1/3 cup powdered Sugar
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 tablespoon Vanilla Sugar (can be substituted with powdered sugar)

 

Directions:

Rinse wheat berries with warm water. In a saucepan, bring wheat berries, water and salt to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about two hours. Drain the cooked wheat in a sieve and rinse the excess gluten off with hot water. Leave it in the sieve for 30 minutes. If you want to make it ahead, leave them in the sieve overnight and skip the next step.

Line a large baking sheet with paper towels. Spread the wheat berries over towels and pat dry with more paper towels.

Using a food processor or a meat grinder grind the wheat, sugar, walnuts, nutmeg, and cinnamon until combined. Don’t over-process it; you want some texture, not a paste.

Whip the heavy cream and vanilla sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Serve pudding in small glass dishes topped with whipped cream.

Wheat Pudding - All that's Jas

Wheat Pudding - All that's Jas

Wheat Pudding
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
 
A simple, healthy dessert made with wheat berries and walnuts is a satisfying addition to your Christmas table spread.
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • ½ cup whole Wheat Berries
  • 3 cups Water
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup chopped Walnuts
  • 1/3 cup powdered Sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Sugar can be substituted with powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Rinse wheat berries with warm water. In a saucepan, bring wheat berries, water and salt to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about two hours. Drain the cooked wheat in a sieve and rinse the excess gluten off with hot water. Leave it in the sieve for 30 minutes. If you want to make it ahead, leave them in the sieve overnight and skip the next step.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with paper towels. Spread the wheat berries over towels and pat dry with more paper towels.
  3. Using a food processor or a meat grinder grind the wheat, sugar, walnuts, nutmeg, and cinnamon until combined. Don’t over-process it; you want some texture, not a paste.
  4. Whip the heavy cream and vanilla sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Serve pudding in small glass dishes topped with whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

Dried fruit, rum, almonds, hazelnuts, orange zest, honey or maple syrup can be added for different flavors.

Featured on:  Olives and Okra and Sew Historically.

Looking forward to connecting with you soon.

For more quick recipes and tips follow my All that’s Jas Facebook page or social network of your preference. It makes my day

Follow me

Jas

publisher and creative director at All that's Jas
Jas is a cheesecake addict and the author of Balkan Comfort Food cookbook available on Amazon. You can download a free excerpt of the book when you subscribe to All that's Jas newsletter updates or purchase the full version below. To learn more about Jas visit her About page.
Follow me
Previous Story
Next Story

51 Comment

  1. Reply
    Donna @ Modern on Monticello
    January 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    I have never had Wheat Pudding either but you certainly make it sound delicious. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 5, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Donna! I love the flavor and texture and I hope you give it a try and like it too 😀

  2. Reply
    Jelica
    January 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    My mom used to make this all the time! But I like the addition of the cream – yum! I’m definitely going to try this one at home 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 4, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      I love when food brings up memories, Jelice! Although this is a dessert, it is such a comfort food for me. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂 XO

  3. Reply
    Lina
    December 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve never heard of wheat pudding before but it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It. Merry Christmas!
    Lina recently posted…Medieval Nürnberger Lebkuchen RecipeMy Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you! Merry Christmas, Lina!!!

  4. Reply
    Amber Harrop
    December 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    This looks delicious and different and I love learning about your traditions Jas
    Amber Harrop recently posted…Christmas Week Meal PlanningMy Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you so much, Amber! Wishing you happy holidays!

  5. Reply
    Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
    December 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    What a unique recipe! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED!
    Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats recently posted…Vanilla Almond BiscottiMy Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 17, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you, Kelly! Happy holidays!

  6. Reply
    Elise Cohen Ho
    December 16, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I have never heard of a thing. I am certainly happy that I did not dismiss it based on the name.
    Elise Cohen Ho recently posted…Do Fancy Decorations and Expensive Presents Make A Loving Holiday Season?My Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Hi, Elise! Don’t judge the book by its…title, LOL. Thanks for stopping in! 🙂

  7. Reply
    Leslie
    December 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve never heard of wheat pudding! Though it sounds incredible. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!
    Leslie recently posted…Stormy IPA Cocktail RecipeMy Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 16, 2017 at 12:09 am

      It’s chewy, nutty, and delicious. I hope you give it a try. 🙂

  8. Reply
    Linda Nelson
    December 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I’m so happy that I stumbled upon your post. This recipe sounds delightful. My sister makes wheat pie every Easter; I’d like to make this for Christmas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you, Linda! I hope you like it! Happy holidays!

  9. Reply
    Judith Graber
    December 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Like many others I never heard of wheat pudding. I do know that I have never turned down any pudding – always a light comfort food. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday!
    Judith Graber recently posted…Sichuan ShrimpMy Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 16, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Honestly, I don’t know why is it called a pudding. This one is a little heartier than the regular pudding, but so delicious if you like nutmeg in your dessert. 🙂

  10. Reply
    Natalie A
    December 14, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I have never had wheat pudding before. The ingredients look like it would be yummy to try out. Thanks for sharing this recipe with everyone.
    Natalie A recently posted…Our Missed Sign of FTD – My Mom Could No Longer Hold A JobMy Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 15, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      I hope you try it, Natalie. It is yummy and different.

  11. Reply
    Lynda Hardy
    December 14, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    This sounds very homey and comforting – thanks for stopping by Party in Your PJs!
    Lynda Hardy recently posted…Awesome Life Friday #141My Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 15, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      It’s exactly that, Linda! Thank you for stopping in and happy holidays!

  12. Reply
    Annabel
    December 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    This sounds delicious. I’m always on the look out for new pudding ideas! #brilliantblogposts

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 15, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you, Annabel! I’m so glad you like it 🙂

  13. Reply
    Amanda
    December 12, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Yum! Thank you for linking up to this weeks Creative K Kids’ – I can’t wait to see what you link up with next week!
    Amanda recently posted…Ranch Fiesta DipMy Profile

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 13, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Thanks, Amanda!

  14. Reply
    Vanessa
    December 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I’d never even heard of wheat pudding! It sounds interesting.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 10, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      It is surprisingly good 🙂

  15. Reply
    A_Boleyn
    August 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I remember my mom making a plate of this coliva when I was a young girl. Thinking back it was pretty good but I turned up my nose at it then. I would savour it today.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 16, 2017 at 12:56 am

      Yes, there are many dishes I didn’t appreciate growing up that I now adore 🙂

  16. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    December 24, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Hi, Helen. Hope your Christmas was merry!

  17. Reply
    Funtastic Friday #54 | Foodie Feeds
    December 24, 2015 at 2:18 am

    […] fav – Wheat Pudding @ All that’s […]

  18. Reply
    Funtastic Friday #54 – Olives-n-Okra
    December 10, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    […] fav – Wheat Pudding @ All that’s […]

  19. Reply
    Funtastic Friday #54 - Sweet Mornings
    December 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    […] fav – Wheat Pudding @ All that’s […]

  20. Reply
    Sharleen
    December 7, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Looks yummy! Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty http://cu-rio.net/home-matters-linky-party-65/
    Sharleen recently posted…Sugar Cookies with Editable Frosting RoundsMy Profile

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Thank you for hosting! Have a great week!

  21. Reply
    easypeasylifematters
    December 6, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I have never heard of wheat pudding but I have got to give it a try! It sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Favorite Things link up 🙂
    easypeasylifematters recently posted…Homemade Cheese Sauce over Broccoli Baked PotatoesMy Profile

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks for hosting! Hope you do try it someday 🙂

  22. Reply
    Jennifer
    December 4, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve never heard of wheat pudding. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 5, 2015 at 7:12 am

      It’s my new favorite! Thanks for hosting, Jennifer, and have a great weekend!

  23. Reply
    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    December 4, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had wheat pudding, this looks incredible, I will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!
    Joy @ Joy Love Food recently posted…One Pot Pasta with Tomatoes, Sausage and KaleMy Profile

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 5, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Hope you do, Joy! It’s an easy dessert that can feed a crowd. Thanks for stopping in. Hope your weekend is nothing short of amazing!

  24. Reply
    Carlee
    December 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve never heard of wheat pudding but it looks delicious!
    Carlee recently posted…Homemade Honey Cinnamon MarshmallowsMy Profile

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      It is a bit different, but delicious! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  25. Reply
    Pamela Shank
    December 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    This is so beautiful and add the fact that it is healthy. Awesome recipe.
    Pamela Shank recently posted…THANKSGIVING FUN WITH THE FAMILY 2015My Profile

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Pamela! Hope your day is going great!

  26. Reply
    Tai East
    December 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Looks yummy! Thanks so much for sharing, Jas! GOD bless you! 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you, Tai! Blessings to you too 🙂

  27. Reply
    Ann
    November 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Very interesting, Jas! I’ve never heard of wheat pudding before, though. This looks healthy and all the ones I know are laden with sugar and fat!
    Ann recently posted…Stop Crying Your Heart OutMy Profile

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      November 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      It’s new for me too. I like the chewy texture and it is very filling! Have a great week. XO

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge